Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images Photo: Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Break Up

The Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev break up last month was a nasty kick in the gut to all the fans of the couple who were hoping they would soon be announcing wedding plans, not a sudden split.

Although usually reliable sources all over Hollywood have been talking about the Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev split for weeks, neither of The Vampire Diaries stars have said a single word about it. Even the most private celebrity couples often issue a joint statement about a split, at least if it is an amicable one.

So, we have to ask, did the break up even actually happen? Or has the media spun the word of a few anonymous sources into something totally off-base? Are Ian and Nina really avoiding each other, like when they walked the red carpet at The CW upfronts separately, or are they just really busy and prefer to hook up in private?

The evidence does seem very strong that Nina and Ian really have broken up. The two never communicate with each other via social media anymore. They don’t exchange Twitter messages. They don’t post pics of their respective significant other on their Instagram or WhoSay pages. Plus, they haven’t been spotted together in close physical proximity for a very long time, even when they’ve been in the same city.

For those who are still convinced that the Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder break up didn’t actually happen, there is still some faint shred of hope. Rumor has it both of the couple’s cats are still living at their shared residence and no one has been spotted moving out yet. Plus, Ian and Nina have been working on their own individual movie projects separated by an entire ocean, so they haven’t really had time to hang out together much.

What do you think? Do you believe Ian and Nina really broke up? Or maybe they are just spending some time apart?